Collaborative draft of 7.5 release announcement

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(Davide Principi) #1

We can cooperatively write down the announcement of NethServer 7.5, by editing the next post (which has been wikified). /cc @docs_team

I’d like to experiment here a collaborative way to share more information and because more eyes produce better words.

When the post is ready, we’ll designate one person to cut and paste it as a new topic in the #announcements category, like @mrmarkuz did for NethServer 7.4 released

Let’s start by copying it below, everyone can modify it! :wink:

Note: edit it using Markdown syntax


NethServer 7.5.1804 beta released
The Fair Of The Versions
NethServer 7.5.1804 rc released
(Davide Principi) #2

(Davide Principi) #3

NethServer 7.4 released

[todo reword] Today, we’re thrilled to announce that NethServer 7.4 has been released and is publicly available.

[todo reword] We’re confident that it will be as always a great release and it will achieve our mission: making sysadmin’s life easier with Open Source. This is thanks to the most vibrant, supportive and friendly community in the Open Source space (and not only Open Source).

About NethServer

NethServer is an Open Source operating system for the Linux enthusiast, designed for small offices and medium enterprises. It’s simple, secure and flexible.

NethServer is ready to deliver your messages, to protect your network with the built-in firewall, share your files and much more, everything on the same system.

Release highlights

Many new features were added since the last NethServer ISO was released, they are all available today with NethServer 7.5! Let’s see the most important improvements!

Subscription

The NethServer Subscription by Nethesis enables exclusive access to the Stable Updates repository, monitoring tools and immediate professional support services for your NethServer deployments.

The NethServer subscription module is available by default in new installations

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Rspamd

A new email server and filter alternative based on Rspamd has been released and is now available from software center. What’s new? New antispam engine, DKIM signature, Greylist threshold, Rspamd web UI.

rspamd screenshot

OpenDKIM signature for outbound messages

Signing outbound mail messages with a DKIM key increases the trust of other mail servers with ours! It is now available from Email > Domains page:

Software center configuration and system upgrade panels

We have deployed a new panel to manage the Software center. It allows to select how NethServer deals with upstream updates and configures automatic software updates

The “Locked” policy is selected automatically when CentOS releases a new minor version. It limits updates to repositories specific to the current version When NethServer is ready to upgrade, the new upgrade procedure can be started:

The Software center section of the Admin’s manual was updated accordingly. Read it carefully!

Icaro Hotspot

Hotspot main goal is to provide internet connectivity via wi-fi to casual users. Users are sent to a captive portal from which they can access the network by authenticating themselves via social login, sms or email. Icaro is complete Hotspot written in Go and Vue.js. It uses CoovaChilli as access controller which can be configured and installed inside NethServer.

Fail2Ban is now part of the core

Fail2ban scans log files (e.g. /var/log/apache/error_log) and bans IPs that show the malicious signs – too many password failures, seeking for exploits, etc. Generally Fail2Ban is then used to update firewall rules to reject the IP addresses for a specified amount of time, although any arbitrary other action (e.g. sending an email) could also be configured. Out of the box Fail2Ban comes with filters for various services (apache, courier, ssh, etc). Fail2Ban is able to reduce the rate of incorrect authentications attempts however it cannot eliminate the risk that weak authentication presents.

Backup data: include log files

The useris now able to add system log files inside the data backup. This behavior is useful when the sysadmin must complain to strict rules about log retention policy GDPR

NextCloud 13.02

Latest version is now integrated in NethServer. Some improvements has been added to improve performance and security: new php 7.1 version, "Strict-Transport-Security” HTTP header, opcache and others…

Mattermost

Open source, private cloud, Slack-alternative is now included in NethServer.
Workplace messaging for web, PCs and phones. Increase productivity while reducing shadow IT with a secure, configurable, scalable enterprise messaging solution on an open source platform.

NethServer HotSync

NethServer HotSync aims to reduce downtime in case of failure. Normally users are able to start working again with data from the night before failure after a few hours/days. Using hotsync, time 1 and 3 are 0, 2 is 5 minutes (time to activate spare server). Users are able to start working again in few minutes, using data from a few minutes before the crash.

Improved Quality of Service (QoS)

We improved current QoS implementation for better incoming and outgoing bandwidth control.
You’re able to limit and reserve the bandwith for specific host or protocol, examples:

1Mb/s reserved for SIP protocol
10Mb/s maximum speed for HTTP downloads

Wildcard DNS record

This is a new DNS override rule that matches the given host name (domain) and any sub-domain of it.

Manage TLS Security

TLS security can be hardened easily with the new policy selector

Each policy is described in detail in the Admin’s manual: TLS policy.

Windows File server page

Essential shared folder priviliges are now manageable via the web interface.

Download and install

[todo reword] Who wouldn’t want all these fantastic new features?

  • You can install NethServer on a virtual machine or on a bare-metal server using a DVD or USB stick
  • Upgrade from 7 versions are supported through the Software center

If you find a bug, please report it here – every bug you uncover is a chance to improve the experience for thousands of NethServer users worldwide, also our amazing beta testers team will be called upon to give its support on that!

Ready to check it out? Then head to the docs and download:


(Davide Principi) #4

(Alessio Fattorini) #5

Fantastic idea! @ambassadors_group would you like to help?
I already planned to add some things tomorrow


(Davide Principi) #6

Thank you for your addition @mrmarkuz.

Please check out the manual. We have updated the release notes section (latest branch)

http://docs.nethserver.org/en/latest/release_notes.html#major-changes-on-2018-05

TLSPolicy has a new default value now :wink:


(Alessio Fattorini) #7

We should create an announce that would highlight difference between 7.4 and 75
Could you help me posing some screenshot of the feature below?
Am I missing something big released after 7.4?

Subscription

The NethServer subscription module is available by default in new installations

Rspamd

A new email server and filter alternative based on Rspamd has been released and is now available from software center. What’s new? New antispam engine, DKIM signature, Greylist threshold, Rspamd web UI.

Icaro Hotspot

OpenDKIM signature for outbound messages

Manage TLS Security

TLS security can be improved easily.

Windows File server page

Essential shared folder priviliges are now manageable via the web interface.

Fail2Ban in the core

Backup data: include log files

NextCloud 13.02

Mattermost

NethServer HotSync

Quality of Service (QoS)

implementation now uses FireQOS, current configuration is automatically migrated.


(Juan Carlos Fernandez) #8

Hello @davidep, shouldn’t this quote be fixed?


(Alessio Fattorini) #9

Ok, let’s make an official announcement on our blog for RC :slight_smile:
I already working on that, I need to add just this part

@davidep What do you think of the section that I have just added


(Alessio Fattorini) #10

In need some QOS and Fail2ban screenshots? Anyone can provide me something?


(Davide Principi) #11

Attached now